Ways to Get Involved & Support the Philadelphia LGBTQ Community in 2020

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June 22, 2020
Ways to Get Involved & Support the Philadelphia LGBTQ Community in 2020
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Happy Pride Month!

Many large scale events and activities are unfortunately canceled this year, like Philly’s PrideDay Parade & Festival, one of the most notable and easiest ways to get involved and support. And, according to the Human Rights Campaign and PSB Research Analytics, Queer workers are disproportionately more likely to have their hours decreased at work. It is more important now, more than ever, to support our LGBTQ and marginalized communities.

Whether it be dining out and shopping in the Gayborhood, donating your money and time, or even simply following on social media and educating yourself, here are some ways to get involved in supporting the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia.

Shop at LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

By shopping at and recommending LGBTQ-owned businesses, you are directly supporting the lives and families of the owner. Since COVID has shutdown most in-person shopping, we’ll give you some great online options. (Here’s a list of physical shops and restaurants!)

-Shop Online-

Find shirts, apparel, accessories, and more at NaturallyQueer.

NerdyKeppie has face masks!

Celebrate Pride Month with Pride-In-A-Box.

-Order To-Go Food & Drinks- (And don’t forget to tip!)

Restaurants like Barbuzzo, Tabu, Lolita, Bud & Marilyn’s, Tavern on Camac, and Little Nonna’s, are all queer-owned and have to-go food/drinks.

Discover more LGBTQ-owned businesses to shop at here.

Volunteer and Donate

By volunteering your time at any or many of the organizations below, you can be a part of making a monumental difference in the lives of the LGBTQ community.

The Attic Youth Center – Find Volunteer Information. Donate here. Find other ways to give here.

The Valley Youth HouseDonate. Advocate. Become a Mentor.

The William Way LGBT Community CenterVolunteer Information. Donate here.

Follow LGBTQ Influencers, Musicians, Organizations, and Businesses

Following people and businesses may sound like a silly way to support a community and cause, but it is one of the most powerful. By following and engaging with LGBTQ influencers, organizations, and businesses on any social media, you are growing their presence and helping them reach more people with their messages, products, and more.

Connect with Philly-native Kate Austin (@kateaustin)

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Stream music from LGBTQ artists; like Fletcher, Lil Nas X, Hayley Kiyoko, Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, King Princess, Kehlani, Janelle Monáe, and Kim Petras.

And don’t just follow people and influencers -- support and raise up your LGBTQ friends, too.

  • Related: June 27 + June 28 is Pride Weekend on 96.5 TDY. Tap for more!

Advocacy: Educate Yourself and Others

Educating yourself on the LGBTQ community is one of the most important things you can do to support the community. Understanding, acceptance, respect, and celebration are vital. And, once you know, you are able to spread that knowledge and love on to others. Here are a few really good places to start:

More Resources

UPenn and the City of Philadelphia have put together many resources for the LGBTQIA+ community. Find their Community Resources here.

VisitPhilly has an entire area of its website for discovering Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community. Find it here.

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